Pauca Verba is Latin for A Few Words.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Sunday Intercessions ~ The Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

"Then let all the trees of the forest shout for joy..." Psalm 96:12

In the hearing of the gospel today/ we pray to be a Church of good deeds/ by which the Heavenly Father is glorified./ We pray to the Lord.

In a difficult winter we pray for travelers and those without shelter,/ heat or food./ We remember those who are helpers through the winter/ doing works of mercy./ We pray to the Lord.

We pray to see our planet as a great gift to be treasured and safe-guarded:/ the land,/ the water and air,/ the animals and plants./ We ask God to forgive our sins of casual waste and disregard./ We pray to the Lord.

Many Christians risk death each Sunday by simply going to church./ We ask for the transformation of hate-filled hearts and minds/ that threaten the peace of others./ We pray to the Lord.

We ask for the re-assurance that God is with us in our losses:/ that nothing would cause us to forsake confidence and joy./ We pray to the Lord.

We ask for state and national leaders to be honest and wise,/ and for the healing of government where it is lost in the shadows of vanity,/ power,/ resentment and self-interest./ We pray to the Lord.

We pray for mourners,/ the sick,/ persons unemployed,/ hopeless,/ alone or without support./ We pray to the Lord.

Finally we pray for those who have gone before us in death,/ trusting the mercy of Jesus who forgives/ and directs us to the desired end of our lives,/ which knows no end./ We pray to the Lord.


  1. I like being able to read this blog and not feel like I am being preached at. I find it more of a challenge to my thinking. Am I being a good person? Am I following what God wants me to do? Thanks for leading in the right direction.

  2. Thanks for accepting the challenge - the invitation.

  3. I agree with the above poster. I have been reading Pauca Verba for quite some time now and I always feel the desire to be a better person after taking in your thoughts on various subject matter. At times it seems that the simplest requests are the hardest to accomplish. But I understand that we must take those little steps first and then march forward. So I begin each week with the Intercessions and work from there. Peace be with you, Father, for I am keeping your prayers close. J.S.